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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 16: Chord Chart Update and Restringing Tips

Hello Heartwood Beat Subscribers, I hope you’re all well and enjoying the start of summer. I’m having fun with my most recent writing project: Creating a beginning guitar course that I’ll offer on my website starting this summer or fall. … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 15: Gorgeousness Deconstructed

Update: Looks like the clips have been removed from YouTube. Bummer! Today I want to share with you two examples of great music, deconstructed: A classic Rolling Stones recording split into its separate tracks, and an epic analysis of the … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 14: Strange and Interesting Rhythms

Dear Heartwood Beat Readers, Sometimes I come across a rhythm that’s so complicated, or weird, or fantabulishously funky, that I can’t stand it. I’m at the gym on the hamster wheel, listening to this cool groove on my iPod, and … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 13: Fingerpicking Hand Position

I hope you’re all having a great summer. The Heartwood Beat reached 4,000 subscribers since I last wrote. Welcome new readers! Fingerpicking Hand Position This past week I introduced yet another beginner to fingerstyle guitar–that is, picking the guitar with … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 12: Site Update

Hi Heartwood Beat Subscribers, I hope you’re all enjoying February. I want to let you know about several updates I’ve made to the website. Print or Save Function One of the fun things about having a popular guitar instruction website … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 11: Tuning Your Guitar

Did you know that it’s impossible to tune a guitar perfectly? I don’t mean impossible as in, “It’s impossible to play an entire gig without some joker yelling ‘Freebird!’” I’m sure that’s happened somewhere. I mean impossible as in, Swedish-physicists-in-lab-coats-standing-around-a-guitar-shaking-their-heads … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 10: The Power of Silence

Dear Faithful Heartwood Beat Subscribers, Hello again! It’s been too long. Since I sent my last newsletter, I managed to injure my arms playing too much guitar (and, though I’m embarrassed to admit it, taking workout advice from an over-caffeinated … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 9: Where To Put That Capo

Happy Thanksgiving, musicians! I’ll be spending the holiday with my family in California. I’m excited to try a bluegrass song with them this trip, called “Devil’s Dream.” We never played music together when I was a kid, but as my … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 8: Capo Land

Hi Musicians, First of all, I’d like to welcome all the people who signed up for the newsletter recently. We’re coming up on one thousand subscribers! Holy cow! I’ve been traveling a lot this past month, and The Heartwood Beat … Continue reading

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The Heartwood Beat, Issue 7: Camp Update and A Few Good Websites

Hi Musicians, Last week I spent six days making music under the trees at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and I’m still floating. What a great intellectual, social, and dare I say…spiritual experience. If you like traditional acoustic music (folk, … Continue reading

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